New Enrichment Center on the horizon for NDH
We are thrilled to announce developments on the Life Enrichment Center at Notre Dame Housing, an area connected to the senior center that should offer more to our residents and those in the community. This is a major development that coincides with the 25th anniversary of Notre Dame Housing being established.
We have many goals at NDH to serve residents and local seniors. Some of these goals include promoting independence and dignity through holistic programing and addressing specific needs like food insecurity, education and holistic health opportunities. To meet these goals NDH will be remodeling a current space to meet the needs of the growing community.
The space will include a food pantry, group exercise space and multipurpose space.
The food pantry will be able to offer more food to more people, and to store food longer.
It will have a walk-in freezer to store perishable and frozen food, glass front refrigeration, staging and receiving areas, shelves, and tables. This enhanced food pantry will allow for areas to minimize movement of food donations, provide a shoppable area and storage. This will allow seniors and those with limited mobility to access the items with ease.
42% of people living below the poverty line in Omaha report struggling to find and purchase fresh food, according to The Landscape Project from the Omaha Community Foundation. The same group of 42% face a constant concern that food will run out before more money comes in.
Utilizing this new space will allow NDH to offer more fresh produce, dairy, meat, and more not only to residents but to anyone who wants to utilize the pantry.
There will be spaces for congregation and gathering to encourage congregation and conversation. This includes more conference areas so multiple groups can meet together or for programs at the same time. There will also be space for more couches and a TV along with game tables. Where our senior Center currently provides space for programs, now programs fitting multiple interests at once! This will help us at NDH reach another goal – to cut down on isolation for seniors by offering plenty of opportunities to learn, grow, and have fun.
According to the CDC, social isolation significantly increased a person’s risk of premature death from all causes. Isolation also was associated with about a 50% increased risk of dementia. We want residents to live at NDH for many years, as aging in place is better for one’s health and one’s pocket book by avoiding the move to a costly assisted living community or retirement home, seniors and their families.
Group Exercise is something we have been missing at NDH since the COVID pandemic and this space will allow residents to hold exercise classes amongst themselves as well as with trained instructors.
The residents asked for more exercise opportunities so as an extension to the area with machines for residents, there will be a dedicated space for group classes.
We are finalizing plans now and have begun funding for the project. Our hope is to complete this project in 2023.